Directions: Read the following paragraph and then write an essay at about 300 words on the following topic:
The Internet in My Life
According to a report from the Digital Future Project in the U.S.,the overall Internet access has risen to its highest level in the last four years; about three-quarters of Americans go online. The number of hours online continues to increase---rising to an average of 12.5 hours per week---the highest level in the study so far. What do people do online? Both very experienced users and new users spent by far the largest percentage of their time online dealing with e-mails; followed by general Web browsing, work at home for their jobs, reading news, etc. In terms of who are online, the report reveals that three quarters of the Internet users are aged 55 and under. Are you an Internet user? If yes, how long are you online each week? How do you connect the Internet? What do you gain by using it? If not, why not? What do you miss by not using it?
Some people maintain that universities are the best place for young people to receive higher education; other people believe that young people can be equally educated by taking correspondence courses or going to evening classes and open universities in their spare time。
Write an article of about 300 words in which you compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of formal university education and informal higher education. Which do you think is more effective and desirable? Support your argument with appropriate examples or illustrations。